Alarm in India as thousands gather for holy dip in Ganges despite soaring Covid cases

Scenes of thousands taking part in the world’s largest religious gathering of Kumbh Mela have alarmed many on social media as India sees record daily rises of Covid-19 cases, overtaking Brazil as the second-worst affected country in the world.

Kumbh Mela is the religious gathering of Hindus which takes place every 12 years and in which tens of thousands take a dip in the Ganges river, which is believed to be an exercise of cleansing their sins and bringing salvation.